Take your MEDS!

March 18, 2020

Keep It Super Simple (KISS) in Wellbeing Part II

Great Advice, Take your MEDS

This past month has been a whirlwind to say the LEAST! As I write this, I am shaking my head thinking about all the information being exchanged related to the novel virus, team safety, exposure and uncertainty. The world will forever be different, transformed, once again!

I could continue to go down the same rabbit hole, but I have something new to share. A new acronym I have embraced and finding beneficial. I am in the midst of a 6 month coaching program (YES, coaches seek the wisdom and support of other COACHES!).

This past week I was given great advice; Take your MEDS! Not prescription medications but rather an acronym that aligns with our Keep It Super Simple (KISS) in Wellbeing. What The Next Level Coaches have given me, I wish to gift to you!

Take your MEDS!

Meditation, Exercise, Diet and Sleep seriously!

Meditate in a manner that enriches your day by alleviating stress and creating a calmer, grounded you. What does that look like for you?

Meditation is not confined to sitting in a sanctuary with incense and spiritual instructor but rather can be defined and practiced in a way that best serves you. Please consider incorporating a few moments of meditation in your day with the intent of calming your mind, focusing your thoughts, include cleansing breaths and elevating your spirit. Commit to a few minutes in the upcoming week, then a few more minutes the next week. Expand your mindfulness and awareness to a level that supports a relaxed, relieved, grounded you. Doesn’t that sound like something to embrace?

Celebrate your practice of meditation on our Veterinary Teams Living Well, a closed Facebook Page for veterinary professionals. Look for guided meditations in more posts. I have been recommending this exercise for years on our page, linking various meditations I have found beneficial, but now I will make a conscious effort to disseminate more offerings and options.

Exercise in a way that serves you and nobody else. Exercise is not confined to a gym at the break of dawn but rather an activity that gets your body moving with intent. Intentional Motion can be created in all sorts of ways! For me, as many of you know, it is taking Tili for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. It’s our “Lunch Hour” exercise.

You may recall from a previous blog, Health Tips for Veterinary Professionals, Michelle Segar has made a study of the science of motivation with exercise. Her simple advice makes sense. “Take any and every opportunity to move, in any way possible, at whatever speed you like, for any amount of time. Do what makes you feel good; stop doing what makes you feel bad.”

That’s exercise advice I can commit to! Exercise (MOTION) may include, but not limited to:

  • Dancing in your kitchen to your favorite song
  • Gardening and/or Swimming
  • Walking and/or Hiking
  • Sledding (walking back up the hill) and/or skating
  • Bowling with friends
  • Play ball with your kids or on a league
  • Stretching

The point is to set the intention to MOVE, to exercise a short period of time this week then increased time of exercise next week. You are worth it! Your body is your temple and loving it so much to carve out time to exercise will improve your wellbeing. Trust me!

Celebrate your exercising on Veterinary Teams Living Well. We want to support you in MOVING!

Diet, choosing healthy food, does a body GOOD! Oh, my the temptations are great! Salty, flavorful snacks, sodas and the choices of cream laden coffee. Is it any wonder choosing healthy food can be a challenge? Luckily, there are a few tricks that may help you down the path to a diet that serves you throughout the day.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast even if it means getting up a few minutes earlier to pack breakfast because you are grabbing the kids and rushing out the door! Or even organize and pack the night before. I hear all of the excuses because in my presentations we discuss leading through example in packing healthy meals and snacks.
  • Keep mealtime simple. At our house dinner is prepped with the purpose to make leftovers. Plus this is affordable!
  • A diet including fresh vegetables, fruit, healthy snacks and lean protein is a recipe for GOOD!
  • Remember to stay hydrated! Choose water over coffee, sodas or other sugary beverages.

Share with use your tips in eating healthy on Veterinary Teams Living Well. You see the trend here? Celebrate healthy eating habits!

Sleep, aaahhh, the word conjures up a vision of my thin, pliable pillow, fleece blanket and comfortable bed . Oh, how I love our bed! Thankfully, I can sleep about anywhere, which is good because of the amount of travel. But I know many people do not have the luxury of having their head hitting their pillow and the sandman arriving speedily.

I have to admit, Tili has her own bed. I cherish my sleep so much, pets do not sleep in bed with me. I know, I can feel all the gasps of disbelief!

A few sleeping tips from the experts include:

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule, go to bed and wake up at the same time, even during the weekends.
  2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink, do not eat a meal within 2 hours of going to sleep. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before sleeping.
  3. Create a restful environment, a quiet, cool and soothing atmosphere, free of light and noise.
  4. Include physical activity during your day, see Exercise above and get moving!
  5. Manage your worries, put as many concerns to rest as you ease into sleep. Stress management will help, see Meditation above.

Now, you have the gift of Take your MEDS!

Please be safe and BE WELL. If there is anything we can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.

Yours in MEDS,

Rebecca Rose, CVT
Certified Career Coach



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